How I made $1000 in 10 minutes


I'm all for saving and being responsible with how you spend your money. There are plenty of people who have decent incomes, but because they live beyond their means, have little to no financial security. That said, you can only cut so deep or in other words, at some point you have to spend money to live, feel alive and have a life. It's a sad state to go your whole life without enjoying any of your income and then die with a big bank account and not much else to show for it.

Life is about balance and in addition to saving money, I think it makes sense to earn more money, too. Easier said than done, right? I'm no financial guru, but my advice is once you have figured out the right balance of being responsible saving and spending, you should start considering ways to increase your income and give yourself a little more breathing room. It's amazing how a few extra ducats a month can decrease your financial anxieties.

Which brings me to point of this article. I recently made $1000 in 10 minutes. Nothing illegal or unsavory and no gambling was involved. In fact, it was my own money I was making or rather getting back. I stumbled across this site that helps you do a search for your own lost assets (e.g., a paycheck you never picked up) that has been sent to the State after a certain period. This is required by law.

Long story short, I filed a claim with NJ and about 8 weeks later a check arrived from the State for $1000!

You can check for yourself and/or your family members here:

Good luck!

And if you do end up getting some money back and if the spirit moves you, you can show your thanks by either:

1) Tipping me here: (scroll to the bottom of the page and click the green "Donate" button)


2) Becoming a patron of my Why It Works podcast here:

Good luck!!!

Some FAQs

  • Every U.S. state, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Quebec, British Columbia and Alberta in Canada, and the nation of Kenya have unclaimed property programs that actively and continuously find owners of lost and forgotten assets.
  • The purpose of unclaimed property laws is to protect consumers by ensuring money owed to them is returned to them, rather than remaining permanently with financial institutions, business associations, governments, and other entities. Prior to the enactment of unclaimed property laws and the establishment of state programs, there was no centralized means though which owners could seek to recover unclaimed assets. Most companies in possession of unclaimed property had no particular reason or incentive to attempt to locate missing owners entitled to property.
  • In FY 2015, $3.235 billion was returned to the rightful owners by the state government unclaimed property agencies of the $7.763 billion collected. Programs strive to return a higher percentage of unclaimed property receipts to owners and each year more money is returned. For almost all states, unclaimed property collections represent an immaterial percentage of overall state revenue (less than one-half of one percent).
  • For decades, it has been recognized as the appropriate policy for unclaimed funds to be used for the public good, until such time as is recovered by the rightful owner. Without impacting the obligation of the state to return unclaimed funds, collections are utilized to finance operations, including special programs such as for public schools and college scholarships. The U.S. Supreme Court stated in the 1951 Standard Oil Co. v. New Jersey case, "property thus escapes seizure by would-be possessors and is used for the general good rather than the chance enrichment of particular individuals or organizations."
  • Claims can be made into perpetuity in most cases, even by heirs.


Next post next Saturday, 6:30 a.m. 

How to Have Your Gadget Cake and Eat It Too

“...our impulses are too strong for our judgement sometimes”
― Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles

I'm like a moth to the gadget flame. Wallets, flashlights, headphones, you name it, I can obsess over it. Price is irrelevant. I'll fixate equally over a $5 item or a $50 item. And I feel a little bit like Charlie Brown going to kick the football from Lucy when once again, after countless time spent researching and reading reviews, I end up purchasing the first one I saw. In my household, I cannot be left unsupervised in front of infomercials. "But wait! If you order in the next 60 minutes, you'll also get X for free..." What can I say, I'm a marketer's dream.

All this can add up to a drain on our finances, drip by small technology purchase drip. $19.99 is sneaky that way! A little while ago I resolved to curb some of this spending. None of these items were strictly necessary, it was more to scratch that gadget itch. I thought about going cold turkey, but this method tends to just delay the smaller purchases for a time until the will weakens and results in a large purchase that might cost even more.

After struggling with this a while, I came up with an EZPZ tactic to reduce impulsive technology spending.

Step 1. "Set it and forget it!"
Whenever I come across something I think I might want to buy, I jot down the name of the product and the price in a note-taking app. The act of writing the item down as a potential purchase flips a switch in my mind that calms the impulsive feeling. Now that it's written down, you can relax. You have the option of buying this at any time in the future, just not right now. Now rinse and repeat.

Step 2. "What happens here, stays here."
Review your growing list from time to time and when the spirit moves you and the dollar and cents are properly aligned, go for it. Once you buy one of the items on your list, move it to a separate list that shows all the impulse purchases you've made so far. This is an EZPZ way for you to see how much you are spending and make more informed decisions.